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Gary & Karen Ellis

Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english

Fantastic Disney Villa (Best Value Of The Best) S/E Heated Pool, 2 Master Suite

28 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

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6 Bed Rms,4 Baths, Luxury Lake Villa, Pool & Spa,Game Rm.,Gated 24 hrs,Sleeps 14

Welcome to paradise!! Just 10 minutes from Disney attractions. Enjoy the pristine view, peaceful meals, tropical birds and watch the bass jump as you sit poolside, overlooking our island of nature. Our newer, spacious, two-story villa, situated in the upscale gated community of Lake Berkley Resort, appeals to all ages. The villa features five bedrooms and a combination game room/sixth bedroom. Two private master suites are available; one has a walkout to the heated, enclosed south/east facing swimming pool and 32-jet spa. The house also features four full baths, one with a whirlpool bathtub,18-foot family room ceilings, DVDs, billiard table, tennis rackets, fishing poles. There is plenty of room for 14 guests, with all of the amenities you'd expect in a luxury home. The resort boasts a clubhouse, exercise room and game rooms, community swimming pool, stocked spring-fed fishing lake, an offshore sun beach with a scenic fishing deck, offering breathtaking views!!!

Attractions Orlando, Florida: Orlando, Florida, the world´s biggest playground, was named in honor of Orlando Reeves, an army sentry killed during the first Seminole War. What began in the 1830´s as an army outpost grew into an agricultural supply line with the expansion of The South Florida Railroad. Orlando became a center for cattle, cotton, and citrus plantations.

Very secretly, beginning in the early 60´s, an anonymous investor bought thousands of acres of what was then farmland, orange groves, and swamp marshes. News of this activity reached the press, and he was forced to divulge his plan to build a one hundred million dollar resort and theme park. He envisioned an oasis where travelers could take their families and live out the kind of fantasies he had as a child. Walt Disney´s secret was out, and the hysteria surrounding the possibility of a tourism center in Central Florida caused civic leaders to grant special zoning laws to help bring his dream to fruition. In 1971 Disney World opened its doors.

Attractions/ Restaurants: The resort boasts a clubhouse with gathering, exercise, and game rooms, community swimming pool and offshore sun beach with a scenic, stocked fishing lake, and lookout pier offering a breathtaking view of Lake Berkley. Other attractions include a playground, tennis court, volleyball, and walking/biking paths.

The home is conveniently located within walking distance of a 24-hour superstore and an unending variety of restaurants including Medieval Times. Serious shoppers can shop until they drop at the fabulous Florida Mall and the new Mill World attractions are nearby, including the Walt Disney Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios, MGM Studios, Epcot Center, Animal Kingdom, Sea World, Busch Gardens, water parks, and the Kennedy Space Center. (The main entrance to Disney World is less than a ten-minute drive away!) Some of the world's best golf courses are located in the area.

Adventure: If you want a bit of nationalism during your vacation, take a day and head east, approximately fifty miles, to Cape Canaveral, home of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the John F. Kennedy Space Center. Follow a history of how the space program began and its successes and failures that brought it to its current status as one of the most advanced research centers in the world. Talk to an active astronaut and find out what it´s like to leave the security of Earth and frolic in outer space.

Florida may be known as 'The Sunshine State', but for people seeking an active vacation with a little bit of adventure, Orlando, 'The City Beautiful', just may be the brightest spot.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Gary & Karen Ellis (Owner)
Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english

About Gary & Karen Ellis

I am a builder/construction person in our home state of Michigan, and my wife is a master gardener. We love our Florida home and have made many improvements to this upscale location in a 24-hr gated community.

Gary & Karen Ellis purchased this house in 2001

Why Gary & Karen Ellis chose Kissimmee

Situated in an ideal spot on the lake, guests can relax with beautiful scenery, while also enjoying a large pool area, a 32-jet heated spa. There is a landscape hedge on both sides of our pool for privacy with the rear open, and no fence to spoil the view.The entire lanai is screened in, so there are no bugs! The pool faces southeast so there is a.m. and p.m. sun. For those who prefer a shady area, the covered part of the lanai will provide this, after mid-morning. The pool will be partially shaded by mid-afternoon.

What makes this house unique

We have included all linens, cooking utensils, dishes, glasses, towels, hair dryers and an iron. Also available are tennis rackets and fishing poles. Our gated community offers a clubhouse with a large lap heated pool, children's splash area with water guns and fountains, a hot tub with indoor game room, pool tables, exercise room. The resort lake is stocked with 4,000 fish and boasts a lookout pier and walking paths. One of the best locations overlooking our island of nature with tropical birds and you can site poolside and watch the bass jump!! Our 24-hour Super-center Wal-Mart is within walking distance and will fulfill all your groceries, banking, and pharmacy needs. Disney attractions are within 10 minutes!!

Guestbook comments from the owner

hi Gary just wanted to let you know we arrived back in Ireland this evening. We were heartbroken leaving your stunning villa, everyone of us had a superb holiday from the little ones right up to the grandparents in our party the villa was so spacious and comfortable and even though the weather in our second week was not so good everyone had a blast, I don't think sitting in my back garden for breakfast tomorrow will ever compare to my breakfast at your pool overlooking the Island! I have left a little gift from Ireland with the management lady its means a hundred thousand welcomes in Irish!! Many many thanx again and maybe in a few years we will be lucky enough to visit again Px
Jul 2013
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Fantastic Disney Villa (Best Value Of The Best) S/E Heated Pool, 2 Master Suite
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed here last fall for a week and it was truly wonderful. The home was very clean and spacious and the host went out of his way to call every couple days to make sure everything was going well. The only think I felt it lacked was the sufficient cooking items (pots and pans, large toaster) for a home that large. I mentioned that to Gary after our stay and he immediately bought a commerical set of circulon cooking items! I can not wait to go back so I can use them all.

Also the lake was great for fishing, only problem was we had "visiting gator" but it really quite fun becuase the "gator patrol" came daily trying to catch him but as soon as they came he would hide! But not to worry normally they are not in the lake, but someone how this one found his way there.

Susan in PA

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2007
  • Stayed: Sep 2006
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My children's dream vacation

  • 4 of 5

Property was very nice and very spacious. Very close to Walmart, eateries and most importantly to the attractions. Will stay again.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Great location with breathtaking views

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 10 enjoyed our stay at this well maintained Villa. The owners provided everything you can think of to make the stay seem like home away from home. The home is handicap accessible making it easy for my 94 year old grandmother to enjoy the vacation as well. The location is convenient to Disney attractions and shopping outlets. My favorite was waking to the view of the island and the sound of many different species of birds. Looking forward to staying again.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Home, We enjoyed everything in around the home.

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful stay. We had a good time in the pool and the home was very clean and a great place to relax. The lake was beautiful We have rented homes on Lake Berkley every year for the last 6 years. This was the second time we have visit this home. We love it and plan to visit here next year. Lake Berkley is located within a few miles of all the attractions we love to attend. I work at a large Medical Center and most of my co worker wanted to know how they can rent homes on Lake Berkley.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Attleboro, Massachusetts

Beautiful spacious home!

  • 5 of 5

We have just gotten back home from a wonderful vacation. Your home was perfect for our family. Large enough for everyone to move about and cozy enough for everyone to gather. Thank you so much for sharing your home with us. We can't wait to come back! ~ The Brillon's

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Owner's Response: We also love our special Florida home and we are bless to have so many wonderful guests.
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Lincoln, Neb.

Lovely Lake Berkley Home

  • 5 of 5

Seldom, if ever, does one envision and plan a dream vacation for 13 people and have the reality exceed the vision. Our seven nights with our three kids, their spouses and five grandchildren did just that at Gary and Karen Ellis's love Lake Berkley Resort home.

The spacious and well-appointed house with a heated pool in a gated community on lovely Lake Berkley was a perfect base for nearby theme park activities and a deep sea fishing excursion for the boys out of New Smyrna Beach while the girls took in the beach. Relaxing around the pool in the evenings was enhanced by the magnificent island rookery inhabited by dozens of egrets, cormorants and other birds, right outside the shaded pool.

The kids also took advantage of the community pool while the adults enjoyed the walking path around the lake, and the boys caught tilapia and an 8-pound-plus largemouth bass from the dock while the resident alligator hovered close by, hoping to steal a meal.

The Ellis's were quick to respond to our questions and made sure there were no hitches. At least not from their end.

In our haste to hustle a group of 13 out of bed at 4:30 a.m. leave the house in proper order and make it to the airport in time, the old folks took leave of some of their senses. When we got back home, we discovered that the key to our car, which was parked at the Lincoln, Neb., airport, had been left in a bedroom drawer at Lake Berkley. A call to Gary resulted in a call to the property manager, who found the key and promised to mail it immediately.

Then, we discovered that an envelope with $750 had been left in the same drawer. A second search found the envelope lodged in an upright position in a crack at the edge of the drawer. Not wanting to mail the cash, the manager said he would mail us a check for that amount, along with the car key.

Did we say that our reality exceeded our greatest hopes and expectations? Would we recommend Gary and /Karen Ellis's home as home base for a family vacation in the Orlando area? Of course we would. Without the slightest hesitation.

T & D and family

Lincoln, Nebraska

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so lucky to have such wonderful guests. It looks like you took advantage of all the amenities in the area including the parks. We appreciate you saying that you would highly recommend our home to you family and friends. It would be a privilege to have you return in the future. We are glad we could assist you in your time of need. Sincerely, Gary & Karen Ellis
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Orlando International
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Kissimmee Semi- Private 18 holes. 407-847-2816
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Variety of great restaurants
Nearest Beach
50 Miles
Cocoa Beach, Satelite Beach & Melbourne
Car: recommended

Our villa is huge but cozy and situated in a small, private, gated Lake Berkley Resort with 24-hr. security. Minutes from Disney attractions and water parks, Lake Berkley guests have access to a clubhouse, gathering room, exercise equipment, game & computer room, community pool, spa, scenic lake stocked with 4,000 fish, lookout pier, walking/biking paths, offshore sun beach, sand volleyball court, and play ground. A 24-hour Super Wal-Mart with pharmacy, banking and more is within walking distance. Also close by, is Medieval Times, Factory Outlets, Old Town, Celebration, and the fabulous Florida Mall. We are located in Kissimmee off 192 Hwy. & Oren Brown Rd.

Golf Information: With over 80 courses catering to every skill level, duffers and low handicappers can play loops designed by famous golf architects like Tom Fazio, Robert Trent Jones, and Jack Nicklaus. Is Arnold Palmer´s Bay Hill Country Club, a private course that is home of the Bay Hill Invitational PGA event each year. Enjoy 18 holes of golf on scenic courses within a ten-minute drive including those in the Disney area, Kissimmee, Celebration, Lake Buena Vista, Falcon’s Fire, and Royal St. Cloud.

Right around the corner, the challenging,18-hole, semi-private Kissimmee course is priced right. Amenities include a pro shop, bar/grill, club rentals and driving range.


Rates & Availability

Lake Berkley House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mid Season- Add cleaning $160.
Jun 9 2016 - Aug 26 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
"FREE POOL HEAT" Cleaning $160
Sep 19 2016 - Sep 30 2016
5 night minimum stay
Mid Season - Add Cleaning $160
Oct 1 2016 - Nov 25 2016
5 night minimum stay
Low Season- Add cleaning $160
Nov 26 2016 - Dec 23 2016
5 night minimum stay
High Season- Add cleaning $160
Dec 24 2016 - Jan 6 2017
3 night minimum stay
Low Season- Add cleaning $160
Jan 7 2017 - Feb 3 2017
5 night minimum stay
Mid Season- Add cleaning $160
Feb 4 2017 - Apr 7 2017
6 night minimum stay
High Season- Add cleaning $160
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 21 2017
6 night minimum stay
Mid Season
Apr 22 2017 - Jun 9 2017
5 night minimum stay
Mid Season
Jun 10 2017 - Aug 25 2017
6 night minimum stay
Mid Season - Add Cleaning $160
Aug 26 2017 - Oct 6 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning Fee $160 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

Add Cleaning fee $160.00 to rent rate.
Pool heat is available $28.00 per night or $175.00 per wk.
Spa heat is available $12.00 per night or $75.00 per wk.
Optional: Pool & Spa heat available at $220.00 per wk.
Peak/High Season Saturday preferred.
Free Strollers,Highchair, Gates, Pack & Play

Payment Schedule:
Payment #1 due at time of booking.
Payment #2 due 90 nights before your arrival.

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Kissimmee House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2867 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Pool Area - outdoor shower , Pool Area
  • We have four beautiful baths. The main floor has two baths that have safety hand bars, adjustable heads and walk-in showers. The upper level has two bathrooms; one with a whirlpool tub and body spray shower and the other has a walk-in shower.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 double
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Game Room - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Pull-out couch
  • Sleeping accommodations include two master suites, one with king-size bed and walkout to enclosed heated pool & 32 jetted spa overlooking our breathtaking spring-fed lake and island. The upper-level main bathroom has a whirlpool tub & body spray shower. The villa also has 2 queen beds, 2 full-size beds, 2 twin beds & combination game room or sixth bedroom with couch which converts to a queen-size bed. There are 6 cable TVs, DVD with home theater package, 3 VCRs, Billiard table, tennis rackets, fishing poles, adult & child games. Washer & dryer, full stock of kitchen appliances, wall safe, gas barbecue, ironing board, 7 ceiling fans, outdoor shower, bed & bath linens are also available. For your convenience & safety, you'll also find a pack & play unit, high chair, stroller, & security alarm to the pool. The villa has been professionally decorated & landscaped. It beats the hectic setting of hotels & motels. Feel at home as you enjoy your dream vacation.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Sand Box
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Walkway to Water
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Sleeping accommodations includes two master suites, one with king-size bed with walkout to enclosed pool/spa overlooking the breathtaking lake. The upper-level main bathroom has a whirlpool tub and body spray shower. The villa also as 2 queen beds, 2 full-size beds, 2 twin beds and combination game room or sixth bedroom with a couch that converts to a queen-size bed. There are 6 cable TVs, DVD with home theater package, 3 VCRs, billiard table, tennis rackets, fishing poles, adult and child games. Washer and dryer, full stock of kitchen appliances, wall safe, gas barbecue, ironing board, 7 ceiling fans, outdoor shower and bed and bath linens are included. For your convenience and safety, you'll also find a pack & play, high-chair, stroller, and security alarm to the pool. The villa has been professionally decorated and landscaped. It beats the hectic setting of hotels and motels. Feel at home as you enjoy your dream vacation.

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